This extra-British installment of TV Bits includes updates on across-the-pond favorites Sherlock and Downton Abbey — but not all of it is good news. After the jump:

  • BBC’s Sherlock might not come back until 2014
  • Downton Abbey gets picked up for a fourth season
  • … but Dan Stevens, a.k.a. Matthew Crawley may be out
  • Watch the trailer for BBC America’s Ripper Street
  • HIMYM is getting a special hourlong Christmas episode
  • A Two and a Half Men star urges viewers to stop watching his show
  • The Daily Show is losing correspondent Wyatt Cenac
  • Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel join Girl Meets World
  • Beyonce will direct a documentary about herself for HBO
  • Get your first peek at Patton Oswalt on FX’s Justified
  • HBO’s Girls reveals the first images from Season 2
  • See how BSG: Blood and Chrome made its green screen universe
  • AMC warns FiOS customers that they could lose AMC channels

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Who wants clues on Sherlock‘s upcoming third season? After the jump:

  • Sherlock creators tease three key words for Season 3
  • Fox orders six more scripts for Season 3 of Bob’s Burgers
  • Which DC superheroes won’t appear in The CW’s Arrow?
  • Palpatine wants to be in the Star Wars live-action series
  • Robert Sean Leonard and Doug Jones join Falling Skies
  • Thomas Middleditch is Dwight Schrute’s slacker brother

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BBC ‘Sherlock’ Confirmed For Third Season

The second season of the BBC incarnation of Sherlock Holmes, simply titled Sherlock, premiered not long ago and has already finished its run. Seasons of the show are only three episodes each, though each 90-minute episode is essentially as good as a standalone Sherlock Holmes film, and the series as a whole is infinitely superior to the Warner Bros. films starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law. (Though, to be fair, the aims of the two approaches are quite different.)

If you’re bummed that season two is already done, take heart: after the finale, show creator Steven Moffat said via Twitter, “Yes of course there’s going to be a third series — it was commissioned at the same time as the second. Gotcha!” Read More »

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam continue their discussion about Tree of Life, find something redeemable about the Pirates sequels, and get excited about Darren Aronofsky’s next project. Special guest director Rian Johnson returns. Check out Rian’s films on Netflix and Amazon. His newest film, Looper, will be in theaters September 2012.

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